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Families' fears eased as €5m pumped into flooding battle plan

DUBLIN City Council will be spending €5m on flood prevention works on the city's north side to protect families under threat.

A massive new water main will be installed along the coastline from Fairview to Kilbarrack and there will be a raised meadow on the seafront to protect residential areas.

Tenders will be sought for the project next month and work is likely to begin next spring.

Clontarf and other coastal areas are high-risk zones for flooding and have been severely hit in recent years.

A council spokesperson said: "They were very badly flooded in 2002 when over 1,000 city properties in the coastal zone were affected by tidal flooding due to an extreme event on February 1, 2002.

"Another significant flood also took place -- it was flooded twice in five years."

Delighted

Councillors have welcomed the works, which are now subject to Government funding and approval.

Lord Mayor Gerry Breen (FG) from Clontarf said: "I'm delighted it's happening because we've seen in the past the way coastal flooding has resulted in serious flooding in the city."

Cllr Deirdre Heney (FF) added: "Obviously it's a very important piece of infrastructural development because while it doesn't happen on regular occasions, the houses on the seafront and the houses further back in from the seafront have experienced serious difficulties with flooding."

The scheme will bring the coastal defences up to the required standard, and the laying of the new water main will "improve network supply to the north east of the city", according to the city council.

However, the spokesperson added: "In the longer term (2030-2050) tidal barrages and offshore defences will be needed to address long term sea level rise/global warming for Dublin City."

Tidal

"Studies have been completed to identify options and these will be assessed during the new City Development Plan 2011-2017," she added.

In the meantime, the council says it is constantly monitoring the risk of flooding from high tides, coupled with extreme weather through a tidal surge early-warning system.

"The Clontarf area is covered by this early-warning system. Should any significant risk be identified the city emergency plan will provide the city's response until such time as more permanent flood defences are in place in this location," the spokesperson said.

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